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Meyer’s Longsword – His Pedagogy for Tag and Defeating the Opening Zwerch

I am a firm believer in learning how to use a guard as a static posture before learning how to break it. My theory is that you should never linger in a guard if you don’t know how to deal … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Take on Breaking vom Tag with the Zwerch

In the Liechtenauer glosses we often see this passage, The second is the Zwerch [thwart-cut], which breaks the guard vom Tag [from-the-roof]. This is one of the “vier versetzen” or “four displacements”. While the word displacement may mean parry, in … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Tag Device 3

The third device for Tag is used to defeat rising attacks to your right side. Again it assumes that your opponent won the initiative while you were in Tag preparing your own attack. A Krump-like Parry As with Tag 2, … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Tag Device 2

The context of this device is that your opponent has gain the initiative and is attacking your left side from below while you are in Tag. This could happen in the onset, but is equally likely to occur in the … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Why the Outside Flat in Tag 1?

In Tag Device 1, Meyer tells us to throw the first parry with the outside flat. Why that flat and not the inside flat. Here are some theories. Transverse Sword Positioning When you parry from right to left with the … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Another Device for Tag (part 1)

There is a lot going on in this device, so I don’t want to rush through it. This device is different than the ones we’ve seen before. So much so that Meyer writes of it, This is indeed quite a … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Device 4, Breaking Tag

Nearly everyone who has picked up a longsword has heard about the neigh mythical vier versetzen and how a Zwerch can easily break vom Tag. The problem is, there is nothing in the Liechtenauer tradition that tell us how to … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Third Device for Tag

In the second device we looked at the parry against a rising attack on the left, today we look at the rising cut on the right. Initial Parry: Krump No real change here. The attack is against your right, so … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Second Device for Tag

Meyer’s first device was a counter to attacks from above. This is the most basic attack from Tag, and the most easily countered. So students of Meyer will often start with a rising cut from Tag to the left or … Continue reading

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Lesson Plan for Meyer’s Longsword: Running Off and First Tag

Ch 10. Open with a review of the feints from Meyer’s Cross. Ch 11. Introduce the Prellhauw in the context of the First Device against Tag. This is a parry with the flat, followed by a rising cut to the … Continue reading

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